Kandahar Airport – Afghanistan’s Prize Airport
Kandahar International Airport is located in the Kandahar city in Afghanistan, around 16 km from the city center. Also called as Kandahar Airfield, it is joint civil and military airport that is operated by Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Afghan Armed Forces, U.S. Armed Forces and ISAF. This is the second busiest and major international airport in Afghanistan along with being one of the largest military bases and has the capability of housing up to 250 aircraft of any type. The Afghan National Security Forces, International Security Assistance Force and Afghan Air Force have separate bases within the Kandahar International Airport. At an elevation of 1,015 meters above sea level, the airport has one paved runway measuring 3,200 meters and a paved helipad which measures 370 meters.
Operations at the Kandahar International Airport started way back in 1960’s and the airport was owned by the Afghan Government. During the Soviet War in 1980’s the airport came under the wing of the Soviet and remained so until their withdrawal from the country. The Najbullah Governmet took control of the airport after the Soviet War until the local warlord Gul Agha Sherza claimed ownership until 1994. The airport came under the control of the Taliban in 1994 and remained so until the formation of the Karzai government in 2001. Since then, the airport has been constantly upgraded and expanded and currently the security at the airport is provided by Afghan National Police.
Currently Afghan Jet International, Ariana Afghan Airlines, Flydubai and Kam Air are the only airline operators that fly to and from the Kandahar International Airport. Coyne Airways, FitsAir, Kalitta Air and Silk Way Airlines are the cargo flights that presently operated from the Kandahar International Airport.
The airport has not received any award till now for its outstanding contributions towards the civil aviation sector of Afghanistan.
Routes and Destinations
At present only 4 airlines operates passenger flight services to and from the Kandahar International Airport to Kabul, Delhi, Dubai and Mazar-e-Sharif.
Why Fly Through This Airport
How to Check-in
Passengers travelling to and from Kandahar International Airport have multiple options of check-in. Many check-in counters are available at the airport for the convenience of the travellers. Check-in is ideally done 2 hours before departure of international flight and 1 hour for those travelling within the domestic route. Some of the airline operating to and from the airport offers the option of online check-in while mobile check-in is not available with most of the airline. This is the most convenient mode of check-in and can be done from anywhere 24 hours to 1 hour prior to the schedule departure of your flight. Passengers can print their boarding pass online to save time at the airport. Please note that the security vigilance at the Kandahar airport is very strict and can consume a lot of time, hence I tis advisable that you arrive at the airport a little early.
Travellers are advised to speak to their airline regarding the baggage allowance, as every airline has their own baggage policy and can vary from one airline to the other. In line with the airport all over the world, economy class passengers can carry 7 kg and business class passengers can carry 12 kg as hand luggage. Generally passengers are allowed to check in 23 kg of baggage when in economy class and up to 32 kg can be checked-in by those travelling in business class. In case of excess luggage, charges are applicable and passengers can pay it at the airport. Pre booking of luggage is not allowed and passengers can do so when checking-in online. Passengers need to undergo strict baggage security at the airport.
Pre selection of seat is allowed by some of the airline and passengers can do 24 hours before departure, during the online check-in process. Please note that this service is chargeable by most of the airline and the charges for the same may vary. Generally seats with extra leg room are more expensive as compared to other seats on the airplane. To avoid this surcharge, you can make a request with the airline official during the counter check-in process. Arrive early at the airport for counter check-in in order to request for your preferred seat. However, seats are not guaranteed as they are subject to availability. So if you looking for any specific seat, it is advisable to spend a nominal amount and get it confirmed.
Every airline has their predetermined charges for booking, cancellation as well as modification of the ticket. While online booking is the most convenient way of making your fight reservation, the airline charges a service fee for the same. Tickets can also be purchased at the airline counter at the airport, free of any surcharge.